John Cage, as Virgil Thomson has pointed out, is the master of a school of music unique in the western world. His explorations into the realm of percussion sounds, both those produced in the usual manner by the direct use of percussion instruments and those produced in his own special way, by mutations of the modern piano sounds, have been a stimulus in our musical life, as much for their freshness and beauty as for the remarkable way in which they induce one to listen. For it is difficult to... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, New Music, Piano music, Prepared piano music
Originally released as an insert into the seminal avant-garde “Source” magazine, this is Larry Austin’s “Accidents” for electronically prepared piano. The performers are pianist and frequent John Cage collaborator, David Tudor, with additional electronics provided by the composer himself. Austin, born in Duncan, OK., in 1930 is an electronic and computer music composer and co-founder and editor of “Source: Music of the Avant-Garde” which was noted for it publication of... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electro-acoustic, Electronic, Prepared piano music
“The N.P.N.-- P.N.P. Variations” is a work by electronic composer John Payne, and was composed for a broadcast by KPFA in 1971. The work is for dual pianos and altered pianos. There is an intitial statement for two pianos, followed by four variations for dual altered pianos, in which the sound of the pianos is modified by physical and electronic means. The performer on this tape piece is the composer, John Payne. Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electro-acoustic, Electronic, New Music, Prepared piano music
A video sampler from the 8th Other Minds Festival of New Music, held at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco on March 7-9, 2002, The composer lineup for that year included: Ellen Fullman, Takashi Harada, Lou Harrison, Tania León, Annea Lockwood, Pauline Oliveros, Ricardo Taccuchian, Richard Teitelbaum, and Randy Weston. Excerpted Performers: Linda Burman-Hall, harpsichord & tack-piano Randy Weston, piano (Randy Weston African Rhythms Quintet) T.K. Blue, saxophone & flute (Randy... Topics: Other Minds Festival, OM 8, New Music, Jazz, 20th century classical, Chamber music, Percussion...